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a global household name until the 1980s when he had already spent two decades in prison. cnn's michelle turner has the story of the star-studded concert that helped raise awareness for his cause. >> this is all generated for one man that none of us has ever met, nelson mandela. [ cheers ] >> reporter: in 1988, nelson mandela was behind bars in south africa when a collection of musicians and celebrities coming together in london to call for his release sent a message around the world. >> nelson mandela! ♪ >> well, it was a 11 1/2-hour broadcast to 600 million people. there were only 5 billion in the world. to get that, we not on had to sell the program to 67 countries, we had to give it away to 30 african countries that wanted to broadcast it. >> reporter: the promoter organized the all-stash 70th birthday tribute. his goal was to change the way some referred to the jailed leader. >> the run-up to the first ever broadcast, it was still possible for margaret thatcher as prime minister of england to stand up in the house of commons and ask the question in public, how is it that the bbc
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